Ulipristal Acetate

What condition does Ulipristal Acetate treat?

Ulipristal Acetate is used in women to prevent pregnancy after birth control failure like a broken condom. It may also be because of unprotected sex. This medication is an emergency contraceptive. This should not be used as a regular form of birth control.

By using this drug, it will not stop an existing pregnancy. This will also not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases (HIV, Chlamydia, or gonorrhea).

Ulipristal Acetate is a progesterone agonist or antagonist emergency contraceptive. This is available as tablets for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.

How does Ulipristal Acetate work?

Ulipristal Acetate works by stopping or delaying the release of an egg from an ovary. This drug may also make it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. This will also make vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg.

This medication may not work well in women who are overweight or if you are using other medications. This effect may result in pregnancy. Consult your doctor first.

What is the recommended dosage for Ulipristal Acetate?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment.

Ulipristal Acetate is usually taken 1 tablet as soon as possible after unprotected sex. You may take it with or without food. It works best when it is taken within 120 hours or 5 days after unprotected sex. If you vomit within 3 hours, call your doctor and ask if you need to repeat the dose.

After taking this medication, the time when your period comes and how much you bleed will change. Inform your doctor if your period is more than 7 days late. You may need to take a pregnancy test.

Follow the prescription of your doctor very carefully. If you missed a dose, you may call your healthcare provider for specific instructions.

What are the side effects of Ulipristal Acetate?

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Tired feeling
  • Dizziness
  • Menstrual pain

What are the precautions in taking Ulipristal Acetate?

  • You should not share this drug with others. They need to consult a doctor first.
  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any allergies.
  • Consult your doctor first if you breastfeeding women before taking this drug.
  • This should not be taken by pregnant women. If you get pregnant while having this tablet, call your doctor right away.
  • This drug may make you dizzy.  Do not use machinery, drive, or do activities that need alertness until you can do it safely. 
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: unexplained vaginal bleeding.
  • Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so your doctor can check on your progress.
  • Do not drink grapefruit juice while you are having this treatment. This is because a chemical in grapefruit juice could increase the amount of this drug in your bloodstream. This can make side-effects more likely.